Welcome to REEF, the laboratory group of Stephen Swearer in the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne.


The Swearer Lab group (December 2016). Front row (left to right): Luke Barrett, Dean Chamberlain, Steve Swearer, Rebecca Morris, João Teixeira, Back row (left to right): Juan Manuel Valero Rodríguez, Jack O’Connor, Matt Le Feuvre, Michael Sievers, Robin Hale, Fletcher Warren-Myers. Absent: Ben Cleveland, Emily Fobert, Valeriya Komyakova, James Shelley, Tim Brown, Cassandra Pert, Oliver Thomas

Our research focuses on four broad themes:

I. Ecological Engineering– We develop solutions to pressing environmental challenges in coastal marine ecosystems that provide new economic opportunities.

II.Fish and Fisheries Ecology– We study the early life-history stages of marine, estuarine, and freshwater fishes to understand how their populations are replenished and to identify the causes of variation in recruitment.

III.Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics– We explore the feedbacks between individual life-history trait evolution and the population dynamics of fish.

IV.Ecotoxicology– We investigate the sublethal effects of heavy metals and endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) on fish reproduction and development.

REEF Word CloudA word cloud representation of the research foci of REEF, based on publication titles and abstracts.